A lot of the advice & guidance on these pages is relevant to students no matter what age or level of study. However, we know that mature students also have different expectations, responsibilities and needs so we have provided further information for mature students here. You can also visit the Mature Learners Widening Participation webpages where they provide information specific to mature students.
Who are mature students?
Advice & Guidance Team
Mature students are those who are 21 or over on their first day of study.
Postgraduate students are by definition mature and usually have some experience of being in higher education already.
Undergraduate students over the age of 21 may already have a degree. Some may not consider themselves as mature or have specific issues related to being over 21. Others however can feel overwhelmed by the apparent sea of younger faces and feel out of place at the beginning. Please remember there are many avenues for support should you find it difficult.
Mature Students Association
We recognise that some mature students have many responsibilitied to juggle, such as childcare, dependent family, mortgages or pre existing debt. If you are struggling to juggle everything the advisers can help, please come and talk it through with the us in confidence. We have a lot of experience in assisting mature students and will be familiar with the issues you may be managing.
You can consult the advisers by phone or email and in person at our offices at the Strand, Waterloo and Guy's. We also regularly visit Denmark Hill Campus. We can also refer you to other services within the university for specific assistance.
If you are a parent or carer we have specific information for you here. You can come and talk to us about any issues you are having as we have specialist advisers to support you. You should also inform your personal tutor of your caring responsibilities so that they can support you properly.
Often one of the best forms of support is that of your peers. The Mature Student Association can provide you with a network of friends across the College who you can share your experience with and pick up tips on how to cope.
Through the Association you will be able to meet students who have been at university for a while and will be able to offer you invaluable support as well as reassurance you that you are doing fine. You may be on a course with many other mature students or you may find that you are the only one, either way it can be really beneficial to meet people studying other courses across the university.